Q: Now that you’ve finished the renovation series and the Christmas special, are you done with “Brady Bunch” stuff?
A: (Laughs) Well, first of all, “Brady Bunch” stuff has been my life so I reconciled long ago that it was never going to be over. … Many things have been said about “The Brady Bunch,” but “over” isn’t one of them. (Laughs)
Q: The show has come and gone for 50 years, which must be kind of surreal for you, no?
A: You know, whatever our personal experience is becomes the norm, so it’s subjective. And I don’t think it’s abnormal, but of course when I look at it, it’s completely abnormal. We’re in effect explaining to people, “Well, you know, you’re putting your eyes on it objectively and it seems abnormal,” it’s gone on before, so I’m used to this. It’s not as though we’re as aware anymore of how abnormal it actually is. Of course, we have to take a moment to take a look at it and realize that most of the success has been had in a rearview mirror.
It’s interesting. The show was successful in its time but not outrageously so. It stayed on the air for five years. Certainly, shows have stayed on longer than that. We were in the top 30. We never really broke into the top 20 where it’s really a safe zone. But there was very little real, true family programming on back then and so we had our place. But the success we’ve had in syndication and ever since its original prime-time airing has built a legacy. And the nature of it is that it’s the end of a genre that probably already ended 10 years earlier, the sort of pristine American family personification. And as a result, we’re maybe its last man standing, but also a perfect representation of that depiction of a functioning family that we’re the ones holding that candle.
George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.